Tech 2.0 for Thursday, January 31, 2013
Facebook's newest e-commerce idea: A gift card users can buy for each other that can be spent at retailers and restaurants including Target, Jamba Juice and Olive Garden. The company is building on the gifts service it introduced last fall. That lets people send chocolate, flowers and other real-life goods to their Facebook friends. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that the reusable card will be available to U.S. users gradually. To send gifts and gift cards, users can click on the "gifts" icon on their friends' Facebook pages or alongside birthday notifications. Gifts amounted to a tiny portion of Facebook's revenue in the fourth quarter. The Menlo Park, Calif., company expects it to stay very small this year.
The first in a new generation of long-awaited BlackBerrys will go on sale today in the United Kingdom, but won't be released in the U.S. until March. Research in Motion CEO Thorsten Heins, who runs the company that makes the BlackBerry, announced the timetable at New York event where the new smartphones were unveiled after lengthy delays. Prices will vary by wireless carriers. The Z10 will be released in Canada next week and will cost about $150 with a three-year contract. Heins says the Z10 and another model called the Q10 won't come to the U.S. until March. He didn't say how much the smartphone will cost.
A federal judge is still mulling a request by Samsung to significantly reduce a $1.05 billion damage award in a lawsuit won by Apple. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh issued a series of orders yesterday refusing demands by both companies for a new trial and rejecting a request by Apple to triple the award. Koh didn't address Samsung's request to reduce the award by as much $600 million. In a footnote in one of the orders, Koh said she would decide that issue separately but didn't give a time frame. A San Jose jury awarded Apple the damages in August after finding Samsung infringed six Apple patents. Legal experts and analysts were divided over whether Koh would significantly reduce the award.
'The Facebook Card' takes the social network's Gifts initiative offline http://t.co/EHBwaGid
Facebook launches card that lets members send gifts; businesses include Jamba Juice, Target | http://t.co/TelBfsxl
Blackberry 10 won't launch in the US until mid-March, arrives in the UK and Canada later this week - http://t.co/t0oLLDVV
BlackBerry Z10 on sale in UK Jan 31, Middle East & Canada Feb 15; US must wait until March http://t.co/jXgVIOHw
Breaking: The first of two new BlackBerry devices won't be available in the crucial U.S. market until mid-March. http://t.co/NndEV9PJ
Apple loses a U.S. appeals bid in Samsung patent fight http://t.co/zzBF4Gen
Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe On Apple Patents, Says Judge Lucy Koh http://t.co/JdO1p1qX
Judge rejects Apple's demand to increase $1.05 billion in damages against Samsung in patent infringement case: http://t.co/e10bfGw6
Judge finds Samsung patent infringement against Apple wasn't willful, rules out triple damages http://t.co/RitGt4xV